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17. Hobbes I - Lecture#17 POL 200 Y 1 Political Theory-In...

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Lecture #17 29/02/12 POL 200 Y 1 Political Theory -In his dedicatory letter in Discourses on Livy, M refers to himself as a new explorer like Columbus, the finder of a new continent. Hobbes is one who occupies this continent. Hobbes: -Hobbes is the great debunker of political philosophers, taking us down a peg without malice. He aims to save us from ourselves by showing us that our worst wounds are self-inflicted. -The greatest problems that face human beings are psychological. -Why do students have problems with Hobbes? -He writes in a different English, favouring long complicated sentences and classical analogies. -Bizarre mixture of the familiar and the strange. Familiar conclusions founded by strange arguments. -Offers a liberal (privacy of the individual) view on authoritarian despotism. -Hobbes achieves the democratization of Machiavelli. Dedicatory Letter: -To Francis Godolphin. -Hobbes says that his endeavour is to advance the civil power. -An argument that fully vindicates any regime ‘not because they are they but because they are there’. Hobbes is the ‘goose’ that is helpful impartially. Leviathan:
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